Vote yes for kids

2014-04-19T13:58:00Z Vote yes for kidsKaren Stout-Suenram Hamilton, MT Ravalli Republic
April 19, 2014 1:58 pm  • 

Let’s continue making a difference for kids! I recently retired from an exciting and fulfilling career in education. I proudly served as a young teacher in Corvallis, Montana and later as a teacher and principal in the Helena Schools. It’s been fabulous to return to the Bitterroot, to build our home and open TADA Designs, an interior-exterior design business. Having left the field, the business of educating students is no less important. My experiences and love for making a difference in kids’ lives remains. Unimaginable career opportunities unfold before our youth every day. It’s critical that Bitterroot kids are able to compete for these jobs. I believe that they can, if we provide them with a great education.

Today, educational leaders are telling us they need more money to maintain/improve our schools. We were fortunate in Helena to have most of our levies pass. But even so, I tell you first-hand, it was difficult

• To keep emerging technology in the students’ hands when we were still purchasing a few computers for each classroom.

• To maintain small class size, so teacher-student conferencing or teaching differentiated lessons to slower or faster paced students, could be accomplished.

• To fund supervision of students, so teachers could collaborate with each other, or receive needed training on how to teach a new curriculum.

• To keep the proper numbers of adults on the playground or campus to supervise kids, so they were safe.

• To pay for building and grounds maintenance.

Yes, I know needs can vary from school to school, but I can’t imagine they are much different here in Valley, than what I have described.

So, I vote yes for school levies. Our children are grown, but I know good schools affect everyone, young and old. Youth will use their skills to ensure a better tomorrow for all of us. You know the old saying, “you get what you pay for”. There is a strong connection between paying for schools and ensuring your children, your neighbor’s children, or grandchildren get a top notch education. Continue Making a Difference for Kids. Vote Yes!

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